Vintage Message: Intro to John

Vintage message from April 22, 2001.

We as Christians need to know Who God is. Everything we believe, everything we hope for, everything that we look forward to in eternity depends on Who God is, not just what He’s done. Though, we do need to know what He’s done, because if He’s done nothing in the past then what do we expect Him to do in the future?…

I think it’s very important for us as believers to know, not just what God did, but Who He was and, as you study John, you’re going to find that God was and is a God of love, but He is also a God Who deals with people justly. He didn’t come to this world just to perform miracles. He came to this world to draw all men to Him. To be the Light, the way that would open up to us so that we do not have to be lost… It’s not because I deserve it. It’s not because He owes it to the world. It’s because He loved the world… It’s not just what God did, it’s not that He just created this place, it’s not that He just created us, but that He entered into a relationship; a desire to be with you and with myself, which to me is phenomenal…

Jesus owes us nothing. He doesn’t have to perform miracles in our life… God’s going to love you, and He’s going to bless you even when you don’t know it, even when you don’t deserve it, even when you deserve to be stuck because of your own wrong choices, because of your own silliness and stupidity… We’ve got to look to Jesus. We’ve got to keep our eyes on Him…

It’s not about me. It’s not about you. It’s not about our comfort… It is about Jesus. It is about the love that He has, and it just so happens that the love that He has was for you. Jesus is the One that makes it about me and makes it about you. That’s His choice…

So that’s my desire as I teach John to you…that we will come to this place of walking close as John did, wrapping our arms around and touching the One Who created us.

Pastor Dave Elkins